UK Teacher fired for petition against transgender issues

first_imgDaily Mail 21 April 2019Family First Comment: “A single anonymous complaint that accused her of offending gay and transgender pupils led to her immediate suspension and eventually ended her career.”A similar petition in New Zealand is also attracting the same ‘hate’.#freetobelieveTeaching assistant Kristie Higgs’s devotion to her Christian faith was matched only by her dedication to her job.She is no evangelist, but believed one complemented the other – her role, after all, was to provide emotional support and care for the most needy and troubled students in a 1,000-pupil secondary school.It was a job the mother-of-two cherished and carried out for seven unblemished years – until she was sacked recently for an ‘offence’ that, in these politically correct times, is becoming all too familiar.Kristie’s ‘crime’ was to share on her personal Facebook site what she thought was an innocent expression of her Christian point of view – an online protest against transgender teaching at her son’s primary school.A single anonymous complaint that accused her of offending gay and transgender pupils led to her immediate suspension and eventually ended her career.READ MORE: read more

Angels’ Shohei Ohtani still has not been invited to HR Derby

first_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter ANAHEIM — Shohei Ohtani is still waiting for Major League Baseball to invite him to the Home Run Derby.At this point, it’s possible that MLB officials have so many other players who want to do it, thanks to the newly added $1 million for the winner, that that they are going to pick from that list rather than put Ohtani or the Angels in the position of turning them down.Ohtani, of course, is coming back from Tommy John surgery. While he’s been cleared for normal hitting, the Derby is a higher intensity exercise than playing in a game or taking normal batting practice.So far the Angels have said little on how the front office or medical staff would feel about his participation, because the question still hasn’t officially been put before them. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros “It’s the same swing,” he said. “It’s more on the BP thrower throwing it to you home run spot. For some people (it might be a problem). Some people might alter their swings. I didn’t have that feeling really.”ALSOJC Ramírez, who gave up two runs in five innings at Triple-A on Saturday, will have at least one more rehab outing after that, Manager Brad Ausmus said. Ramírez’s 30-day rehab assignment was set to expire on Saturday, but he agreed to extend it up to another 30 days…Keynan Middleton did face hitters on Friday, the first time he’d done so during his rehab from Tommy John surgery. There was some confusion about his workout schedule, but Ausmus confirmed on Saturday that Middleton did face hitters, and he felt good. Middleton is expected to be ready to rejoin the Angels in about three weeks…The Angels don’t have a scheduled starter for Monday’s game in Texas, but José Suarez is expected to get the call. If Suarez starts, he would likely get another start later in the week because the Angels don’t have an off day until the All-Star break…Jared Walsh was recalled from Triple-A on Saturday, with Luke Bard being optioned after pitching two days in a row. The Angels view Walsh primarily as a hitter, but he can pitch up to two innings if necessary. The Angels have less need for bullpen coverage now because Trevor Cahill, who was stretched out as a starter, is in the bullpen.UP NEXTAngels (LHP Andrew Heaney, 1-1, 4.99) vs. A’s (RHP Chris Bassitt, 4-3, 3.86), 1:07 p.m., Fox Sports Westcenter_img Mike Trout, who said he turns down invitations to the Home Run Derby every year, said a couple days ago would “probably win” because of his epic power displays in batting practice.Justin Bour, who participated in the 2017 Home Run Derby in Miami, said he loved the experience.“I think it’s awesome,” said Bour. ”If you have an opportunity to do it, I think you should do it. It’s one the most fun times I’ve had playing baseball.”Bour hit 22 homers in the first round, but lost out to Aaron Judge, who hit 23.Related Articles Bour also said he didn’t feel the Derby presented any issues of disrupting a swing. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone last_img read more

Health-care deal isn’t perfect, but it’s a good start

first_imgAlthough Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez celebrated their health-care reform deal Monday with much mutual appreciation, it’s a bit early to be claiming victory. The Assembly approved a compromise deal that would make health insurance mandatory, affordable and within reach for virtually everyone in California, funded by an employer payroll tax, a $2 cigarette-tax increase and federal matching funds. But first there’s Don Perata to deal with; the taciturn leader of the state Senate has put the kibosh on more than one agreement between the Assembly and the governor. Perata said he wasn’t going to call the full Senate back in for a vote before the end of the year. Furthermore, he said he isn’t sold on this $14.4billion plan and will have to take a hard look at it in the context of a state budget deficit. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champIf that’s not challenge enough, the deal also requires voter approval on the November 2008 ballot, and it relies on federal funding that may or may not materialize. Also, the use of a cigarette tax is problematic because its reliability declines as more and more people quit smoking. In addition, all of that will be moot if federal courts stick to past precedents and find the legislation faulty because employers would be forced to provide health insurance. In this case, the measure doesn’t require private employers per se to provide health insurance, but it does force them to contribute up to 6.5percent of the payroll to a state fund if they don’t. Still, there is reason to be optimistic. After months of failed negotiations, it seemed that the governor and Legislature might end the year unable to compromise on their competing reform bills. To be sure, it will face serious opposition from insurers, the California Nurses Federation, legislative Republicans and the tobacco industry. They all have legitimate concerns. But the current system is shamefully broken, leaving working families unable to afford basic health care and an uneven burden on those with insurance to pick up the cost of the millions of uninsured. This plan certainly isn’t perfect, but right now, it’s the best California has got. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more